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Cute Giant
He got that way with lots of love.

YoshiFan300: Yoshi + Giant hacks = Cute Godzilla
theyoshifanboy: So True :) Though in my opinion, the bigger they are, the cuter they are :3
— The comments to this YouTube video.

Cuteness is often associated with smallness, but sometimes characters or creatures can look cute despite, or even partly because of, how big they are. This is the essence of the cute giant.

Of course, cuteness is not so much about size as about various physical traits that are hard to pin down. Nevertheless, the association of cuteness with a giant does end up seeming contradictory.

Compare/Contrast with Gentle Giant, but remember, some giants can be cute but not gentle, or gentle but not cute.

See also Canis Major and Mega Neko, examples of which tend to double as this for obvious reasons.


Examples:

Anime and Manga

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Literature
  • In More Minds by Carol Matas, the heroes realize that the underpinnings of their fantasy realm are coming undone when they encounter a vaguely familiar, strangely cute, towering giant—and then suddenly realize that he's an elf who has spontaneously become big instead of little.

Video Games
  • The Super Smash Bros. series often invokes this with giant versions of small characters.
    • Yoshi in Brawl was a memorable case of this.
    • Via a glitch, it is possible to get Jigglypuff to be absolutely huge in Brawl.
  • Doshin The Giant, though his game never made it to North America, did have a trophy in Super Smash Bros. Melee.
  • Several Pokémon can fall under this. Snorlax in particular looks like a big cuddly bear-cat thing.
  • Suika Ibuki of the Touhou series is normally pretty small and adorable, but has the ability to change her size at will. She's still adorable when she's huge, but you're probably not thinking such as you're trying to avoid getting squashed by her!

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Western Animation

Real Life


Cute 'em UpRule of CuteCute Ghost Girl
Canis MajorImageSource/LiteratureIntimate Healing
Canis MajorBigger Is BetterEldritch Abomination

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